One Lucky Duck

By south Florida standards, it’s damn cold out this morning!  By my standards, I’m feeling like an eskimo.  A really bad one.  For anyone who knows me, anything below 80 degrees finds me bundled up in sweaters,  leather jackets, and the heat cranked up in my Jeep on the way to work.

As I made my daily jaunt into work this morning, one thing kept whizzing by in my brain.  HOW THE HECK AM I NOT GOING TO FREEZE MY PATOOKAS OFF, ( yes, I said patookas), in Orlando this weekend as I wait for the WDW Half Marathon to start? Electric blanket? Think I’d have a power issue there.  Portable electric heater? May be somewhat of a bulk problem after the first few yards.  Hire a couple of Cast Members to run along side me directing blow dryers in my general direction?  Possible practicality conundrum with that one.  Which leads me to the only non-electric, less bulk, more practical solution.  Guess I’ll just have to run my pink, sparkle-laden, freezing gams off!

It's almost time!!

It’s almost time!!

Now that my whining rant is over, it’s time to get real about running, Disney, and how lucky one can be to run in one of my favorite places on the planet.  Fighting a lovely case of ITBS since before the 2012 Wine and Dine Half Marathon, I don’t exactly feel pumped or as ready as I’d like to be for this weekend’s battle with the pavement.  As nagging thoughts of being swept, collapsing in pain, or finishing in an unacceptable time (in my over-achieving brain), my dollars (as explained in my previous post) keep circling back to one thing.  GRATEFUL.  I am SO GRATEFUL that I am able to run at all.  SO GRATEFUL that this wonderful, fun, exciting, oftentimes painful and heartbreaking sport, has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and funny people, who love it as much as I do.  SO GRATEFUL that I have the love and support of my hubby, friends, and family members, who drive everywhere, brave crazy race times, and wait for hours in not so always the greatest weather conditions, simply to cheer me on.  SO GRATEFUL that this sport is helping me come out of my “I feel like such a socially awkward dork” stage by simply providing me with a chance to interact with others I might not have otherwise. 

All of these grateful dollars whipping around in my brain today are indirectly thanks to this crazy sport of running, and the wonderful people who like to just put it out there and write about not only their running, but about their life experiences as well.  My voracious appetite for anything running related has led to me to the seemingly infinite number of running blogs, which in turn has led me to food blogs, Disney blogs, and on and on and on.  Now let me just start off by apologizing for my non-blog-technological-minded brain.  I honestly have no idea what I’m doing here, on the off chance you hadn’t yet figured that out yet.  As soon I catch up with blog-tech and figure out how to list everything I want to share with you, I’ll clue you in on a couple of my favorite bloggers.  For the moment, suffice it to say that thanks to Cori at http://olivetorun.com, and her link to Cassie’s January Wellness Calendar at http://backtoherroots.com (January 7: 10 Things You Are Grateful For), I’m starting this day by simply being grateful for the life that I have.  I don’t think anyone can ask for anything more than the love of friends, family, (which in my case includes Calypso the Wonder Mutt), and the ability to take advantage of everything this wild, crazy life has to offer us.  So as I set off on my journey for yet another piece of coveted Disney race bling, I will keep that grateful dollar held close.  May you find something to be grateful for today, and for all the rest of your todays.  There’s always something there, just waiting for you to grab and hold on to.  You just have to remember to enjoy the ride.

10 Things I Am Most Grateful For

  1. Love
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. The simplicity of the love of a dog
  5. Health
  6. Humor
  7. Emotion
  8. Compassion
  9. The occasional flash of patience (for me that’s a biggie!)
  10. Men and women serving our communities and our country

What are ten things you are grateful for?

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